May 19, 2004
Bruyneel: New sponsor found, Armstrong in great shape
Johan Bruyneel has tipped off the future of the team currently known as US Postal. The team has found a new sponsor (Subaru? Nike?) and, as a result, Bruyneel said Lance Armstrong will not retire no matter the outcome of the 2005 Tour, as had been suggested in an Italian press report. Bruyneel said Armstrong is in great shape, and has started his final preparations for the Tour:
"Lance seems to me very well mentally. Physically, he's fitter than last year, which is not difficult given the problems he had."
Next up is the Tour du Languedoc-Roussillon, where Postal will be trying to work out the final makeup of its Tour squad.